"The age of the pulp magazine was the last in which youngsters, to get their primitive material, were forced to be literate."
Over the last 8 to 9 years, my passion has been the digitization and restoration of old printed documents. For the first 5 years, my work focused on books and pamphlets. More recently, I have begun to wade into the ocean of pulp magazine short stories.
The number of digitally preserved, yet unrestored, stories is overwhelming. Beyond that there are the stories which have not been digitized.
What is the difference? To me, digitally preserved means someone has scanned the stories and generated images of the pages or a PDF of the original document. I try to create a clean, scaleable document, without the printing blemishes, scanning flaws, etc. that come up during the process of digitization.
There are numerous costs involved: Improved scanning equipment and software, pulp materials (which can be quite costly depending on rarity), web hosting, etc. GoFundMe seemed like a good way to look at defraying those costs. In addition, I have put in considerable time and effort into restoring these stories.
So, here's how I'd like it to work:
For every $10 donated, I will release one story, making it completely available, free for everyone, for as long as I have my web hosting.
I will take requests for specific stories to be unlocked, otherwise the selection will be random.
I am open to requests, so if anyone has any specific stories, genres, authors or magazines they would like to see, please feel free to leave a comment. I have literally thousands of PDFs waiting for me. But, for obvious reasons, I cannot make copywritten materials available.
Pulp Archive: http://www.poorrichardsprintshop.com/pulp